Australia’s High Performance cycling program director, Shayne Bannan, has resigned after 10 years in the post, Cycling Australia announced on Thursday.
Bannan, 48, has been involved as a coach and administrator for the sport in Australia for almost a quarter of a century.
Bannan is expected to make an announcement about his future plans next month, possibly at Australia’s Tour Down Under. His surprising resignation has sparked some speculation that he may be preparing to work on the formation of a professional team, following the collapse of Australia’s Pegasus Sports effort.
For the past decade he has filled the dual roles of Cycling Australia (CA) National Performance Director and the Australian Institute of Sport’s Head Cycling Coach.
“Shayne has overseen the unprecedented success of the Cycling Australia/AIS High Performance Programme and since taking on the leadership role has implemented a structure and system that is world renowned,” CA chief executive Graham Fredericks said.
“His philosophy has been to surround Australia’s talented cyclists with experienced, passionate coaches and support staff, provide them with the resources and guidance they need and let them get on with the job.”
Bannan oversaw Australia’s domination of cycling at the 2004 Athens Olympics and has also been in charge of the rebuilding since the spectacular fall from power at the Beijing Games in 2008.
Fredericks said under Bannan’s succession planning within the organization, Kevin Tabotta and Paul Brosnan will manage Australia’s High Performance program in a split structure from January 1.